Kentucky menâs basketball freshman guard Shaedon Sharpe has submitted his name for the 2022 NBA Draft and will go through the NBAâs evaluation process, he announced Thursday. Sharpe will go through the NBA Draft process and maintain his eligibility. The deadline to return to school is June 1.
âThese last four months at Kentucky have been nothing short of amazing,â Sharpe said. âTo have Coach Cal and the rest of the coaching staff, my teammates/brothers, and the Big Blue Nation welcome me into the family has been a true blessing.
âMy path to this point wasnât a straight road of successes but my passion for this game and my dream to play at the highest level has allowed me to overcome challenges and disappointments and has shaped me into who I am today.
âIn all honesty, nothing could truly prepare me for the decisions Iâve had to make along the way, but God has placed special people in my life to help guide, support and instill confidence in me to help prepare for these moments. Through discussions with Coach Cal, my parents, my mentor, and long consideration and prayer Iâve decided to enter to my name in the NBA draft while maintaining my college eligibility.
âIâm not sure what my future holds beyond today, but I do know that I have to take this next step to officially go through the process to test the waters and receive feedback. I pray you all will understand this is not a decision Iâve taking lightly.
âIâd like to thank God for his many blessings and for always guiding my path,â Sharpe said. âTo Coach Cal and the rest of the coaching staff, thank you for your guidance and support both on and off the court. To my family and friends, your unconditional love has seen me through the ups and downs and to BBN I will be eternally grateful for your patience and understanding while I go through this process.â
Players can submit paperwork to receive evaluations from the NBA and participate â if invited â in the NBA Draft Combine which is slated to take place May 16-22.
âShaedon and his family told me that he intends to put his name in the draft while retaining his eligibility, and they have my full support to test the process just as every player does,â UK head coach John Calipari said. âShaedon has been a great teammate and has handled everything that comes with being a college student-athlete the way he should. Since he arrived on our campus, heâs been an integral part of our program and heâs already registered for summer and fall classes, but we support this decision to explore every option and make the best decision for his future based on all of the information he can receive.â
Sharpe was a midyear enrollee for the Wildcats in 2021-22. Originally a member of the 2022 recruiting class and the No. 1 overall prospect, Sharpe was the first top-ranked signee to join the Cats since Nerlens Noel in 2012.
The London, Ontario, native averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists during the 2021 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and led the event in points scored. He concluded his high school career at Dream City Christian Academy and averaged 24.1 points and six rebounds per game as a junior en route to earning The Circuitâs Player of the Year honor.
Sharpe began his high school career at H.B. Beal Secondary School in his hometown and led the team to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Championship.
Furthermore, he represented Team Canada at the 2019 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship in Brazil where he averaged 13.0 points, 3.7 boards and 2.3 assists as the team took home a silver medal.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walterâs Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.